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On page 281, between lines 16 and 17, insert the following:
SEC. __. POINT OF ORDER AGAINST LEGISLATION THAT RESULTS IN A TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
Title III of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
``POINT OF ORDER AGAINST LEGISLATION THAT RESULTS IN A TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
``Sec. 316. (a)(1) In General.--It shall not be in order in the Senate to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, amendment between Houses, motion, or conference report that--
``(A) imposes Federal Government mandates that reduce the number of Americans covered by private health insurance;
``(B) mandates through Federal law that any employer contributions or private wages that currently fund private health care coverage go to a Federally-run program for health care coverage; or
``(C) displaces the number of individuals in private health care coverage through an expansion or creation of a health care system run by the Federal Government by more than 5 percent of the total number of individuals affected by the expansion or creation of any such system.
``(2) Determinations.--All determinations required by this subsection shall be made by the Congressional Budget Office.
``(b) Supermajority Waiver and Appeal.--
``(1) WAIVER.--This section may be waived or suspended in the Senate only by an affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members, duly chosen and sworn.
``(2) APPEAL.--An affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members of the Senate, duly chosen and sworn, shall be required in the Senate to sustain an appeal of the ruling of the Chair on a point of order raised under this section.''.
(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Oct 31, 2007.)